Southampton Football Club can confirm that Oriol Romeu has today completed a permanent transfer to Spanish side Girona.

The move brings to an end a wonderful seven-year spell at St Mary’s for the midfielder, who has made a significant contribution to the club ever since arriving from Chelsea in 2015.

Romeu, 30, made a total of 256 appearances for Saints and scored eight goals during his time on the south coast.

In his first season, he helped the team record its best ever Premier League finish, of sixth, while also qualifying for the Europa League group stages. He was then an integral part of the side that reached the EFL Cup final in the following campaign, with Romeu’s performances earning him both the Fans’ and Players’ Player of the Season awards.

He would continue to remain a key member of the squad in the seasons that followed, and although his reputation was as a defensive midfielder, he did also have a knack for the occasional spectacular goal, netting a sensational strike at home to Norwich last season and a memorable volley against West Brom in the campaign before that.

He now moves back to his home country to join La Liga side Girona, who won promotion into the top flight last season.

Oriol departs with the very best wishes of everyone at Southampton Football Club, and we would like to express our gratitude to him for his dedication and magnificent efforts both on and off the pitch during his time here. We wish him every success in the future.